About TSAL

What is the Team Scholarship Acceleration Lab (TSAL)?

There have been several researchers at UCI who have made the study of team scholarship their primary area of research. The Vice Chancellor for Research, Pramod Khargonekar, invited this group to work with him on some problems pertaining to team scholarship. After a series of discussions with him, and briefings of key administrators, we formed the Team Scholarship Acceleration Lab (TSAL).


The principal faculty members are:


Maritza Salazar Campo

Assistant Professor, Merage School of Business

ICS faculty headshots
photo:  Jocelyn Lee/UC Irvine Communications

Judtih Olson

Professor Emeritus, Department of Informatics

ICS faculty headshots
photo:  Jocelyn Lee/UC Irvine Communications

Gary Olson

Professor Emeritus, Department of Informatics


Dan Stokols

Professor Emeritus, School of Social Ecology

Together with the Vice Chancellor and others, we have been working on a series of activities:

  • Helping to define campus-wide long-range goals and strategic plans involving team efforts
  • Developing new promotion & tenure criteria that appropriately reward collaborative contributions to scholarship and research
  • Establishing criteria for sharing credit on multi-investigator extramural grants that span departments or schools
  • Consulting on the awarding of seed funding for new team scholarship initiatives
  • Developing and offering team scholarship workshops and certification courses for faculty and students
  • Consulting with facilities planners on the design of spaces to support team scholarship
  • Offering tools that people have used to make their team scholarship proceed more smoothly, organized by what phase of the project you’re in, whether forming the team at the beginning or starting with the right working culture or continuing to work, doing a mid-term correction if needed
  • Contributing to the knowledge base about team scholarship and practice through studies of best practices at interdisciplinary research centers and team training strategies.

Interested in Working with TSAL?

Several undergraduate and graduate students are working with TSAL as well. Contact us using the form below if you are interested in working with us: